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Chef Ries - Que Pasa

Updated: Oct 17, 2020

The Top Chef Aruba contestant of Que Pasa Restaurant, Bar & Art gallery is Ries Helsdingen (37) who has been the chef of Que Pasa since 2017.

The Chef

Ries was born in Utrecht, size wise the fourth city in the Netherlands and he received his education at the culinary academy of Nieuwegein. After graduation Ries worked at several restaurants, picking up the art of many different cuisines. He moved to Aruba in 2007 and worked at Windows on Aruba and the Screaming Eagle Restaurant before moving to Que Pasa Restaurant in 2012 and taking the helm in the kitchen in 2017.

Chef’s philosophy

“I have a love for the classic cuisine and still try to create innovative fusions with flavorful and exciting international cuisines.”

The Dish

Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington, an English pie made of fillet steak coated with pâté and duxelles, which is then wrapped in Parma ham and puff pastry and baked. It comes with a mix of mushrooms – shiitake, oyster mushroom and Portobello – served with creamy mashed potatoes and a truffle sauce.

Price: Afl. 29,50 ($17) Available: Que Pasa Restaurant, cumindanacas.com

Speaking about a classic! This is so incredible tasty, and with the mix of these three fantastic mushrooms it becomes an echo of its origin and the season.

Vote for Chef Ries and have a change to win a private VIP dinner for 4 people with Chef Ries, valued $1,000 (a private and dedicated 4-course dinner for 4 people including wine pairing).

The Drinks

Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Available: November 1-30 at Que Pasa & cumindanacas.com

Straight from the books of Escoffier, the rich flavors of the wellington only deserve the king of red wine, the cabernet sauvignon. awesome intensity and richness.

Price with the Chef's special: Afl. 8,75 ($5.00) per glass

Main & Vine

Beringer is California's oldest continually operating winery. The wines choices for this competition are moscato, chardonnay, white zinfandel, merlot and cabernet sauvignon.

Balashi & Chill Beer Balashi or Chill (bottle) with the Chef's Special:

Afl. 5,00 ($3.00) per bottle

Balashi Brewery Founded in 1998, 'Brouwerij Nacional Balashi' in Aruba is a full-scale production brewery, one of the most modern breweries in the Caribbean. For years the brewery only produced its flagship brand named after this area and the brewery, Balashi.

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